Oct 8, 2012 7:00am PDT
that the campaign always said that mitt romney was not comfortable talking about. these kinds of very personal things but is it effective? >> i thought in the debate it was very effective when he personalized things and talked about families he met and people he met an dong it on the road now, too. i think that's smart. voters throughout the campaign -- polls have shown voters find obama more likable person and in the next two debates romney's going to maintain that and increase the likability. they're voting for someone to hear speak for four years and he has to close the gap to win the election. >> people that support the president saying on style and substance we see a different man going after the new mitt romney and surrogates pointing it out, working it in to the stump speech. take a listen. >> now, my opponent is doing a little tap dance at the debate the other night. trying to wriggle out of stuff he's been saying for a year. doing like a -- it was like "dancing with the stars." more maybe it was "extreme makeover." debate edition. >> robert, is that effective? >> i'm not so sure it's
Oct 12, 2012 10:00am EDT
think ryan and romney, while they talk about having a five-point plan, they are not willing to be specific. they are not willing to be specific about their $5 trillion in tax cuts and what they are going to do for the middle class. >> can i ask you both quickly, and look further ahead than tuesday night. 2016, did either of these candidates, do you think, increase their chances, maybe of running for president, if not then maybe for paul ryan in the future? >> 2016 -- i hope we don't have to talk about 2016. we have 26 more days to talk about this one and then can we take a break before we get to that? >> i think it's more like 2020 for paul ryan because i expect that mitt romney will be elected and we'll be standing again in 2016. paul ryan did help himself. he came across informed, sober, credible, wasn't flustered by biden's antics. i think that was important. i think you'll see a lot of swing voters and independent voters gravitate to that style, that tone that he did show a level of leadership people are looking for. >> always good to have you on the program. thank you.
Oct 9, 2012 7:00am PDT
where mitt romney stands on the issues. he talked about not taxing the wealthy. now he says he will tax the wealthy. he talks about energy independence now but didn't support the president on his programs to create alternative forms of energy for our country, which this president did. he talks about tax changes to help business development. who did that? president obama, with 100% tax credit in manufacturing, for example, which has just sizzled across the industrial midwest with the business start-ups that we see. even art furnaces being installed on the ohio republic steel. we haven't seen this in two decades. so, he can talk as a candidate, but the president has done it in a very difficult situation that he inherited from the bush administration, where the whole country's economy collapsed because of those titans up on wall street that tied up the finances of this country, and literally, we've had the largest transfer of wealth in american history from main street to wall street. you think that mitt romney, who was a part of that culture, is going to change anything for the people of
Oct 11, 2012 7:00am PDT
. tank y thank you. >>> let's talk about the poll numbers. romney is improving even though by small margins. we've seen him come up in several national polls, as well. how concerned is the obama campaign? >> when you heard all of the hand wringing and unhappiness with the first debate, those aren't terrible for obama. in particular, ohio. i mean, who knew that ohio might become obama's firewall? they put a lot of money in that state. i think they defined romney as the bain capital guy and that was not a good thing in the way obama people put those ads on the air. and i think the result is that if obama can hold that kind of lead in ohio, he might come out of this as long as biden does his job and obama is not as sleepy as he was in the first debate, couldn't procenounce dana's wonderful word from the beginning of the show. >> how much does format play into this? both will be seated. nine topics. ten minutes per topic. the questions whether go back and forth between domestic and foreign policy. does that lend itself to more conversation? do you you prepare differently for a debate fo
Oct 10, 2012 7:00am PDT
the last few months. >> your point that you would like to hear him talk more, for example about the 7.8% job number that was much better than people expected. this morning, the senior sizor to the romney campaign, robert gibbs, was asked about the campaign's big bird advertisement. whether, frankly a sign of a desperate campaign. here is what he had to say. >> you know, mitt romney took to the debate and said i'm going to get tough by ending downton abbey and going to war with sesame street when he lets wall street off the hook and hold -- not hold them accountable as we go forward in financial reform. look, we can't have a president that does that. >> does he have a point? does the president have a point? or does it seem somewhat consequential of the jobs numbers? >> i laugh at the big bird ad. no question it was funny. it does not have a lot to do with most americans' lives and problems now. i think it is just inconsequential in that sense. what is great is the president does have a strong message to deliver. low taxes and tax cuts have not created job growth since 1908s. have not.
Oct 10, 2012 10:00am EDT
agree we ought to be talking about what the next four years will bring because it looks like romney administration would just be one big surprise party. we have no idea what that is going to be like. so -- but i think the president and the vice president really do need to give the american people a clear sense of where they want to go. >> well, let's talk about that reset because, obviously the president did take a hit in the debate. and there have been a lot of headlines about worried democrats. do you think he needed to make the adjustments? we are hearing about it in his campaign. if he needs to do more, congressman, what is it? >> well, again, you know, i don't think the american people are really interested in who wins the fight between candidates. i think they want inform know what president obama is really willing to fight for. and he's talked time and time again about that -- necessity to invest in education and research and development and infrastructure. he has a jobs act program which is really a comprehensive program that embraces many ideas including many republican ide